n. pl. scher·zos or scher·zi (-tsē)
A lively movement, commonly in 3/4 time, introduced as a replacement for a minuet in pieces with multiple movements.
[Italian, joke, scherzo, from Old Italian scherzare, to joke, perhaps of Germanic origin.]
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